What is Personality Dimensions?
Personality Dimensions® is the next step in the evolution of temperament and personality theory. Based on a foundation of solid research, it gives you a better understanding of yourself, your strengths, values, needs, and how you perceive the world. But it’s not just about ourselves, it is also about knowing how to appreciate and respect differences by recognizing the contributions and strengths everyone brings with them.
How does it work?
Personality Dimensions ® takes complex theories and makes them accessible with plain language, and practical uses. It is an assessment that uses a card sort with pictures, short paragraphs, and a multiple-choice survey, to appeal to different learning styles.
Personality Dimensions® doesn’t just use colours, it also includes symbols and descriptive names to help better remember not only what the four different Dimensions are, but what they mean.
Inquiring Greens tend to be independent, inquisitive, logical, rational, innovative, analytical, and strategic thinkers. They need to feel, and be seen as knowledgeable and competent. Inquiring Greens are big picture thinkers who want to understand how and why things work, and are great at thinking outside the box.
Inquiring Greens can be excellent at research; they like to ask lots of questions and look at the facts. Whether they are about to make a big purchase, or undertake a project, having all the facts and being able to share them make Inquiring Greens feel confident.
Resourceful Oranges tend to be adaptable, eager, generous, quick-witted, realistic, and competitive. They need a lot of activity and variety in their lives. Resourceful Oranges are natural doers; they think well on the spot, and are quick to act.
Resourceful Oranges can be great multi-taskers. They thrive in situations that are flexible that give them to the freedom to act on things and express themselves. Resourceful Oranges are confidant when taking risks, and putting their skills into action.
Organized Golds tend to be dependable, punctual, reliable, loyal, practical, and sensible. Traditions and family are important to them. They need to have a sense of belonging, duty and responsibility in all areas of their lives. Organized Golds like lists – writing them out and checking things off when done.
Organized Golds can be talented planners; they need structure and predictability to do their best work, and will stick to plans to see things through to the end. Timelines and deadlines are important to them and are confident when they can reflect on a job well done.
Authentic Blues tend to be empathetic, supportive, people-focused, sincere, creative, and imaginative. They need to continually work on their own personal growth and build close relationships with the people around them. Authentic Blues genuinely care and want to contribute what they can to the people and things they are involved with.
Authentic Blues can be amazing with motivating, supporting, and mediating. Their natural empathy and intuition gives them the ability to work well with others. Authentic Blues are confidant when there is harmony with the people around them, and can express their creativity and imagination.
It is important to remember that people are not all one personality/colour; one may be our strongest, but we have elements of the other three. This may change as people get older or as different things happen in life, but our core personality stays the same.
It’s not enough to know just what your personality preference is, but you also need to know where you get your energy from, also known as Introversion & Extraversion. Introverted doesn’t mean “shy” and Extraverted doesn’t mean “outgoing.” It’s all about how people get their energy. Introverts get their energy by having quiet time. Extraverts get their energy from keeping in touch with the people, places and things around them.
Introverts often prefer to do their thinking and planning by themselves. Extraverts enjoy talking and being part of a group. There are, however, outgoing Introverts and shy Extraverts. Some Introverts enjoy being with a group of people, but they may need a quiet time after. Some Extraverts can be quiet and a bit shy at first, but they will become more involved once they are comfortable.
The history of Temperament and Personality theory goes back over 2500 years, and you can read about it in depth here. While the theory has been around for that long, there weren’t a lot of practical applications for it until the 1950s when Briggs and Myers published the findings of their personality assessment, and David Keirsey popularized temperament theory in the 1950s and 1960s with his book and assessment.
Personality Dimensions® built on all of this work, and the work of others who came later, including Don Lowry and Linda Berens. It’s important to remember that Personality Dimensions® is not just the work of one person, but is the contributions, research, and ideas of many people that continues to grow.